Pest management is meant to control and reduce pest infestation to an acceptable threshold or to the level that human being is ready to tolerate. As a pest professional, you should not put your head on the chopping board by giving a pie in the sky promise to your esteemed customers.
Did you know that as a pest professional, you are part of the industry that not just CONTROLS PESTS!..But,
Let’s start with Protecting The Food We Eat.
Wow!. By the year 2050(30 years from now), the world population will be 9 billion. With a 50% increase compared to the year 2000, we can imagine how big the area to grow food need to be allocated all over the globe. Unfortunately, the land is getting smaller and smaller for the said purpose. In fact, according to Bayer, the increase is 0%.
The bottom line is, we need to be more efficient in producing and protecting the food we need to sustain this growing population.
As we discussed earlier in Pest Management in Retail Premises. PCO has an important role in protecting the food from the farm gate to the consumer’s mouth. According to the report, an estimation of 20-40 % of the world’s food production is currently lost to pest (insect, disease, and weeds) before it reaches the customer.
Now, if there was NO Pest management, the loses would be double(maybe it will reach 80-90%). How big the impact to our country Food and agriculture industry if No pest management involves in this problem?
Actual loss for the entire industries will be bigger if we include Food and Beverages element in this report.
Pest management (including professional pest management from the farm gate to the customers can reduce food losses by up to 40%).
This represents a very important contribution to securing reliable, safe and high-quality food supplies for the world’s population.
2nd benefit is To Reduce The Spread of Disease
Let’s start our discussion by identifying the pest and the disease it can transmit or cause:
Malaria is one of the world’s most serious disease and it’s spread by the anopheles sp. The impact is; 1 million people die each year from Malaria. 40% of the world’s population lives in areas of risk of malaria.
- Minimizing the breeding area
- Treating with larvicides
- Indoor residual spraying
- sleeping under insecticide-treated bednets
This is the fastest-growing arboviral disease in the world and is spread by Aedes sp. As there is no cure, controlling the mosquito vector is the only means of control of dengue. The impact; Dengue affects around 50 million people each year, and 24000 people die. 40% of the world’s population lives in areas of risk of dengue.
- Habitat Management-elimination of breeding site
- Using larvicides in water to control the mosquito larvae
- Applying space sprays(fogging) to control the adults before they transmit the virus
Disease like leptospirosis and plague are spread by rodents. Other diseases that are spread by rats include murine typhus, salmonellosis, trichinellosis & rat-bite fever. The impact is: Leptospirosis affects around 500,000 people each year. Murine typhus outbreak can affect thousands of people. WHO estimates that there are 1,000 to 3,000 cases of bubonic plague each year
- Rodent-proofing against entry
3rd benefit is To Reduce Damage to Properties
- In tropical areas, 90% of buildings can be infested within 3 years.
- In the United States alone, US$2 BILLION /YEAR is spent on treatment, prevention, and repair of termite damage.
4th benefit is To Protect People’s Health
- Elevating the sanitation level by removing breeding sites
- Using residual sprays and baits to control pests population
Ok. The last one is To Protect Reputations and Brand
The Richest Man on The Planet, Mr Jezz Bezoz used to say that” Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room“.. Indeed. This is absolutely true. It is not easy to build a solid brand and reputation but it is in the blink of eyes to destroy it.
If you are dealing with Hotel and F&B outlet, maintaining a good reputation and excellent image is an uphill battle. Our customer may understand the fact that there are no such things ZERO pests infestation in their premises. The real problem will explode when our customers’ customer starts complaining. For instance, hotel guests will jump on you when they see a tiny little cockroach in the toilet.
To avoid such a situation:
- Follow an Integrated Pest Management ( IPM) approach and act professionally
- Regularly inform the customer of the pest status and your pest management strategy.
So guys, Pest Management is important because you are doing all of this in your daily job:
- I safeguard the food supply locally
- I protect people against dengue and Malaria
- I take care of people health
- I protect the building around me
- I protect reputation and brand
As usual. For professional and effective pest control program, please liaise with our team at Sanicare Hygiene Services Sdn Bhd . Or call us NOW at 1 800 88 8771
Till we met again.
TO ALL PCO OUT THERE. YOU ARE THE HERO. THE UNSUNG HERO.
Note: This article is generated based on the information collected from Bayer Lab. Please visit and subscribe to Bayer Lab for more information.